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Fall 2011


Newsletter of the Greater Lowell Genealogy Club of Lowell, Massachusetts



Upcoming Events:

September 24, 2011, 1:30 to 3:30 Pollard Memorial Library.  Our guest will be Kim Zunino of the Lowell Historic Board.  Please note time change.


October 29, 2011 , 1 PM  to 3 PM at the Chelmsford Public Library.


November 19, 2011, 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM  at Chelmsford Public Library.


December 2011:  No meeting.  Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukah.


January  21, 2012:  We have tentative plans for a new speaker.  Marian Pierre-Louis has a lecture on "Looking after the Poor: Finding Your Ancestors in New England Poverty Records"



September Meeting: 

At our last board meeting we discussed ways for the club to help the community.  Michelle  had been contacted by Kim Zunino of the Lowell Historic Board in regards to some Veterans cards the club had in  it’s possession..  Richard Leach had started a project with the cards while he was president of the club.  When he left, the cards stayed and we worked on transcribing them here and there.  Kim reached out to find out what happened to the cards.  She suggested we return them as she wanted to get them processed as quickly as possible and to keep the collection together. 

Keeping this in mind, Michelle suggested we talk to Kim about the possibility of the club doing a project of some sort.  As a result, Kim willl be at the meeting to discuss a project for the club.  This is exciting and we hope as many as possible can attend.

Also, just a reminder, the club elections will be held in October.

This year we will need to have interested parties come forward for the office of President.  Maureen has decided not to run this year.  She needs some time off, but will continue to help Karen with the newsletter.  So, please give some thought to a run for office.  The job isn’t difficult or time consuming.   It can be what you want it to be.  The club needs new ideas and new members.  So, how about giving it a shot?  If you’re interested in running for any office and cannot attend the meeting, please let a board member know what position you are interested in.


October Meeting: 

We will start the meeting with nominations and elections. 

Also, at this meeting we hope to be either discussing an upcoming project for the historic board or actually beginning to work on it.  If you have a laptop, please bring it with you.  If dvds or cds are required, we will have some on hand.


November Meeting:  Right now the plans for the meeting are the same as October, but without the elections.  If the new board would like to add something to the meeting, this may change.




Past Happenings:

January Meeting:  Elections were held to fill the vacant secretary spot.  We would like to welcome Michelle Robillard as our new secretary. 

The speaker for the meeting was Leslie Huber whose topic was “Beyond Names and Dates: Uncovering Your Ancestors’ Stories.”  She spoke of how to find personal glimpses of your




President –- Maureen Famolare –

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Vice President -  Laura Bedard

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Secretary -  Michelle Robillard -

Treasurer – Karen Jeffers –

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ancestors’ lives.  Leslie suggested digging deeper using unconventional records such as newspapers, school records or employment records.  She also suggested that historical context be created.  This includes, political climate, social conditions and researching known occupations, dieases or migration patterns.  These records may not be for your ancestor, but could very well apply to you ancestor.  Look at specific things written about the time and location  such as town histories or county histories.  A copy of Leslie’s handout is included with this newsletter.  Enjoy!

Members in attendance:  Judi Clermont, Peg Leedberg, Nancy Paquin, Jane Pappas, Barbara Bond, John Pappas, Diane Laferriere, Michelle Robillard, Iona M. Henderson, Bob Henderson, Diane Shields, Karen Jeffers, Laura and Roland Bedard, Marguerite Sabatini, Cheryl Crosby, Maureen Reilly and guests Nancy Harding and Elizabeth Mattson.


February, March and April Meetings:    We decided to use the three months to help members with research.  It started out as a great idea, but soon ran into problems.  The main being lack of attendance.  The next problem was lack of adequate information which caused disinterest.  In the future we may try one or two of this type of meeting, but will explain what information will be needed to possible break down your brick wall.


May/June Meeting:  May’s pot luck was delayed until June.  Thanks to Roland and Laura for moving the dinner inside away from the RAIN.  They were, as usual, wonderful hosts and everything ran smoothly. 

Among all the wonderful dishes was a rice salad that everyone loved.   Iona Henderson graciously gave us a copy of the recipe to share with everyone.


Rice Salad:

1 can (20 oz.) crushed pineapple, drained.

3 c. cooked and cooled rice

4 lg. stalks celery, diced

4 lg. carrots, shredded

1 medium pepper, diced

1/3 c. sugar

4 tbsp. lemon juice

Mix ingredients together well.  Chill several hours ( or even better overnight).  Enjoy!


Members in attendance:

Terry Masson, Ed Miller ( with his red hot hotdogs), Peg Leedberg, Diane Laferriere, Bob and Iona Henderson, Maureen Famolare, Michelle Robillard, Karen Jeffers, Laura and Roland Bedard.



For your information:

Ancestry has added many new databases recently.  Included are two new and exciting ones, the first is Naturalization Original Documents and the other is Indexes for Naturalization.  The good news is that more will be added as the information is transcribed.  The bad news is that only a handful of states are available for either database. 

The Original Documents for 1795 to 1972 are available for Alaska, Arizona, California, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.  The indexes from 1794 to 1995 are available for Alaska, California, Delaw2are, District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon and Pennsylvania.


Other just added new records:

Delaware Naturalization Records, 1796-1959

Florida, Petitions for Naturalization, 1913-1991

Utah, Naturalization and Citizenship Records, 1858-1959

U.S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949

Sweden, Church Records, 1500-1937 (in Swedish )

London, England, Poor Law Records, 1834-1940

West Yorkshire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921

West Yorkshire, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1985

West Yorkshire, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1512-1812

West Yorkshire, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906

Liverpool, Lancashire, England, Baptisms, 1813-1906

Liverpool, Lancashire, England, Marriages and Banns, 1813-1921

Liverpool, Lancashire, England, Burials, 1813-1974

Liverpool, Lancashire, England, Confirmations, 1887-1921


Ancestry is available in the following libraries: Chelmsford, Lowell and Dracut.


If you have any suggestions for projects that the club could do, please give us the information below or send an email to an officer.










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2012 DUES!!!!!!!!

(Remember, dues run January to December)


The membership rates are as follows:


 ___   $10.00 per Individual

 ___   $20.00 for a Family

 ___   $5.00 per Senior (age 62 and over)


Enclosed please find $_________ for 2012 dues.


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Greater Lowell Genealogy Club

c/o Karen Jeffers

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